Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Idea for a Frugal Mother's Day Gift
So, here's the recipe:
2 Cups (16 oz.) vodka
6 Vanilla Beans
You can easily cut this recipe in half and use 3 vanilla beans and 1 cup of vodka.
Pour the vodka into a glass container. A mason jar works good. Cut the vanilla beans and cram them down into the vodka so they are covered up. Put a lid on the jar and put somewhere out of the light. Shake the liquid occasionally to mix the contents. You will be able to taste the vanilla flavor after a few days but the longer it sits, the stronger it will be. (I hear 8 weeks later it will have a nice amber color to it! Pretty!!)
Then you just add your homemade concoction to a pretty bottle, decorate and give as a gift. You can add instructions to the bottle recipient that when the bottle is half full, they can refill it with vodka to replenish it.
I also plan to print up a little cookbook with some vanilla flavor recipes to go along with the vanilla flavoring!
Since I'm pinched for time and don't have 8 weeks till Mother's day, I plan to also add on the instructions to let it sit for at least 3-4 weeks before using!
I bake a lot and I know the folks I'll be giving this to bake too. Having some good vanilla flavoring on hand is essential when baking. I hope they enjoy this little handmade gift!
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